Le Clos and Schoeman earn podium spots for SA

The demands of a busy year in the pool may have taken its toll on Chad le Clos, but the swimming sensation refused to drop his guard in the final leg of the World Cup series in China on Wednesday.

He underlined his dominance in the 200m butterfly even though he nervously won his specialist event in a time of one minute, 41.70s (1:51.70).

Characteristically known for leaving it late for the victory, Wednesday's swim seemed too close for comfort.

He nevertheless out touched China's Wang Shun (1:51.94) by 0.24s for the victory, while Pawel Korzeniowski of Poland grabbed third place in a time of 1:53.11.

Le Clos opened the evening's swimming on a positive note, claiming the silver medal in the 100m freestyle behind Russia's Vladimir Morozov.

The Russian was in a class of his own as he comfortably won the race in a time of 45.88s.

While the South African finished strongly to post a time of 46.60s, he did not have enough strength to challenge Morozov.

Tommaso D'Orsogna of Australia finished in third place with a time of 46.85s.

He was again beaten to the wall by Morozov when they locked horns in the 100m individual medley.

Le Clos enjoyed a comfortable lead in the opening legs of the race before his breaststroke saw him lose his position.

Mozorov pounced to claim first place in a time of 50.97s, with George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobego moving ahead of Le Clos in second place in a time of 51.72s.

The South African touched third in a time of 52.14s.

Meanwhile, South African sprinting ace Roland Schoeman ended the season as the undisputed champion in the men's 50m breaststroke.

Schoeman blasted to first place in a time of 25.95s beating his closest rival, Australia's Christian Sprenger, by 0.64s.

Sprenger touched in a time of 26.95s with Joao Gomes Junior of Brazil taking third place in a time of 26.65s.

The swimming legend again got onto the podium when he finished second in the 50m butterfly event behind Brazil's Nicholas Santos, who won gold in a time of 22.13s.

Schoeman touched behind Santos in 22.37s with Thomas Shields of the United States claiming the bronze medal with 22.78s.

Distance specialist Myles Brown also kept the South African flag flying in the 400m freestyle, where he finished in a creditable second place to be pipped to first place by 0.12s.

It turned into a two-horse race between Brown and Australia's Thomas Fraser-Holmes with the South African leading for most of the encounter.

The Australian, however, moved slightly ahead over the final lap to touch first in 3:39.86 with Brown posting a time of 3:39.98.

Robert Hurley of Australia had to be content with third place with 3:42.99. – Sapa


Mabuza’s ‘distant relative’ scored big

Eskom’s woes are often because of boiler problems at its power plants. R50-billion has been set aside to fix them, but some of the contracts are going to questionable entities

ANC faction gunning for Gordhan

The ambush will take place at an NEC meeting about Eskom. But the real target is Cyril Ramaphosa

Despite tweet, Zuma keeps silent about providing his taxpayer information

The Public Protector has still not received confirmation from former president Jacob Zuma that she may access his tax records —...

Ahead of WEF, Mboweni will have to assure investors that...

The finance minister says despite the difficult fiscal environment, structural reforms are under way to put SA on a new growth path

Press Releases

New-style star accretion bursts dazzle astronomers

Associate Professor James O Chibueze and Dr SP van den Heever are part of an international team of astronomers studying the G358-MM1 high-mass protostar.

2020 risk outlook: Use GRC to build resilience

GRC activities can be used profitably to develop an integrated risk picture and response, says ContinuitySA.

MTN voted best mobile network

An independent report found MTN to be the best mobile network in SA in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Is your tertiary institution is accredited?

Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education, which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Is your tertiary institution accredited?

Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education, which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training.

VUT chancellor, Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi, dies

The university conferred the degree of Doctor of Science Honoris Causa on Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi for his outstanding leadership contributions to maths and science education development.

Innovate4AMR now in second year

SA's Team pill-Alert aims to tackle antimicrobial resistance by implementing their strategic intervention that ensures patients comply with treatment.

Medical students present solution in Geneva

Kapil Narain and Mohamed Hoosen Suleman were selected to present their strategic intervention to tackle antimicrobial resistance to an international panel of experts.